The University of Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team lost a three-set decision to the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday night at the UFV Athletic Center.
The Cascades pushed the T-Birds in each of the first two sets, only to see the visitors pull away late to win both by tying the scores at 25-21. UBC finished 25-16 in third.
The Cascades (0-11) and Thunderbirds (6-5) wrap up the weekend scheduled for Saturday afternoon at UFV (4 p.m., CanadaWest.tv).
“We had our chances and we didn’t execute,” UFV bench chief Nathan Bennett noted afterwards. “The fatigue is now setting in after this crazy month with the compressed schedule we’re facing, thanks to last fall’s floods and COVID. More guys will have minutes as we go along here.”
The Cascades went point-for-point with the Thunderbirds for much of the first set, but UBC pulled out late to win 25-21. Michel Dowhaniuk and coltyn liu were productive for the visitors, throwing six kills apiece, while Nimo Benne, with four kills, set the tone for the Cascades.
UFV excelled early and midway through the second set, building a 16-12 advantage behind Caleb Kastelein, who racked up five kills in the set. UBC, after a timeout, responded with four straight runs underlined by a pair of Gerard Murray kills, and they would win the split again in the later stages to win it 25-21.
The first four points of the third set went to the T-Birds, and while UFV were able to take advantage of a string of UBC attacking errors to equalize, the visitors grabbed five of the next six points, and they sailed from there.
Benne and Kastelein are tied for team honors with eight kills apiece for the Cascades, Jonas Van Huizen has posted 15 assists and Eduardo Ferreira has recorded seven digs.
Dowhaniuk and Liu beat UBC with 13 kills apiece, and Mason Greaves collected 41 assists.